What traits make a character ‘kick butt’?

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What makes a kick butt character? Let me tell you. 🙂

First off, they don’t do nothing BUT kicking butt. They are well rounded as a character. They know how to love, to care, to sympathize, to empathize and to wield a weapon to survive. They have their wits about them in stressful situations and when possible, get out of tricky situations using strategic thinking instead of their hands, legs or other physical element.

And for that reason, I pick Birdie from Crux by Julie Reece as MY kick butt character.

Crux by Julie Reece
Crux by Julie Reece

She should have run. Now, she’ll have to fight.Eighteen year old Birdie may be homeless, but she’s surviving, that is until a mysterious guy throws money in the air like a crazy game show host and she grabs some with the idea she’ll be able to buy dinner that night.

In that singular moment, unassuming Birdie becomes the girl in everyone’s viewfinder. Thugs want to kill her. Money-guy wants to recruit her. The very hot, very rich and very out of her league Grey Mathews wants to save her.

Birdie, though, wants nothing to do with any of them until she realizes fate didn’t bring them all together.

Her heritage did.

Now, with only twenty-one days left, she’s got to decide whether to follow in the footsteps of those before her or risk her life for people she’s only just met.

Like Crux? I think it’s super cool. What traits make a character kick-butt to you?

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